Andrea I. O'Brien

Andrea I. O'Brien


IslerDare PC

Recognized since 2013

Vienna, Virginia

Practice Areas

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
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Andrea I. O’Brien is a Partner at IslerDare PC. Prior to joining the firm in June 2011, Andrea was a partner at Venable LLP.

Andrea regularly advises clients on a broad spectrum of employee benefits matters, including retirement plans, health and welfare plans, equity programs, and executive compensation arrangements. She designs and drafts plan documents, summary plan descriptions, legally-required notices and policies, open enrollment materials, and other employee communications that are key to the successful implementation of these benefit plans under ERISA, the Affordable Care Act, and other relevant laws. In addition, Andrea provides technical compliance assistance for benefit plans on a wide variety of matters; handles government filings, inquiries, and audits for her clients’ benefit programs; and implements remedial actions under the government’s numerous voluntary corrective action programs for plan errors. Andrea also provides support to her business clients by coordinating benefit claims disputes; assessing and negotiating the employee benefit implications of business transactions (including reductions in force, asset and stock sales, mergers and acquisitions), and negotiating vendor contracts for the support of benefit plan administration.

Andrea is a member of the Virginia, Maryland, and District of Columbia Bars. She speaks frequently to clients and other groups, providing training on a wide variety of employee benefit issues, such as fiduciary responsibility; current trends in retirement plans; redesigning health plans to meet the requirements of Federal health reform; restructuring executive compensation agreements under 409A; and HIPAA medical privacy and security compliance programs.

Location

  • 1945 Old Gallows Road, Suite 650
    Tysons Corner
    Vienna, VA 22182

Education

  • Georgetown University, JD, graduated 1985
  • University of Notre Dame, BA, graduated 1982

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 1986
  • Maryland, 1985
  • Virginia, 2012

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association - Employee Benefits Committee, Section of Taxation
  • District of Columbia Bar - Employee Benefits Committee, Section of Taxation
  • Maryland State Bar Association - Section of Taxation
  • Virginia State Bar Association - Section of Taxation
  • District of Columbia Women’s Bar Association -

IslerDare PC
Headquarters: Vienna, Virginia

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Washington, D.C. (2023)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:

  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Awards:

  • AV® rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers Business Edition 2017: Women in the Law for work in the practice area of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers Business Edition 2016: Women in the Law for work in the practice area of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Honored as a leading employee benefits and compensation counsel in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers For Business (2016)

"Ms. Andrea O'Brien is one of the best legal minds practicing in this area of the law today. She gives her clients personal attention and is very engaging and focused."

"Andrea O'Brien is a great partner to her clients. She's impressive for many reasons -- in addition to comprehensive knowledge of her field, she has that responsiveness gene -- seems to be always available and ready to drop everything and help. It's got to be an illusion because I know she has plenty of other clients and a real life outside the office, but her response time and immediate engagement in the issue are amazing. She also anticipates our needs, which is invaluable. She provides interesting and pragmatic options for addressing our benefits issues. I have complete confidence in her."

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